Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Belgium Catholic Psychiatric Institutions to Euthanize.

This article was published by Wesley Smith on April 28, 2017

Wesley Smith
From the indispensable Bioedge story
Nonetheless, in a surprise move this week, the board controlling the institutions of the Brothers of Charity announced that from now on, it will allow euthanasia to take place in their psychiatric hospitals. 
In a statement posted on their website the Brothers of Charity explain the policy shift. “We take seriously unbearable and hopeless suffering and patients’ request for euthanasia. On the other hand, we do want to protect lives and ensure that euthanasia is performed only if there is no more possibility to provide a reasonable perspective to treat the patient.” 
Euthanasia for psychiatric patients has already happened dozens of times in Belgium. But from now on it will probably be easier for people suffering from schizophrenia, personality disorders, depression, autism, or loneliness to access it. In fact, it will be hard to find an institution in Belgium where euthanasia is not being offered as an option. 
Words fail me.

1 comment:

Dorothy King said...

As someone who has suffered immensely from severe mental illness, this chills me to the bone. There were times I could not function and without family and friends and my doctor, they helped me while I was suffering. I am deeply, deeply grieved and angered that Belgian medical authorities have taken it upon themselves to "bring compassion to the suffering". Also I am appalled that the Catholic Diocese that governs their hospitals has allowed this under "Christian care". If God was to appear before us as humans, we would not stand because of the decisions we have taken to terminate life before birth and into death. We have become selfish as a world and a society that allows the "least of these" to be terminated "with cause". God forgive us for the taking of life because "we don't want them to suffer anymore".

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